All Barnard College community members are currently eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine! Beginning April 6, 2021, New Yorkers ages 16 or older are eligible. People who live outside of the state but work or study in New York are also eligible to get vaccinated.
The College continues to monitor the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine to our community in accordance with city and state guidelines. On this page you will find information our messages to faculty and staff, New York eligibility updates, information on how to make vaccination appointments in New York, and additional city and state resources about the vaccine.
The Vaccine and the Barnard Community + The College Survey
For the safety of all, we strongly encourage all of our community members to get the COVID -19 vaccine as soon as possible. Barnard will be requiring all new and returning students who will be living on or utilizing campus to show proof that they have received a COVID-19 vaccine prior to the start of the Fall 2021 semester. (Documented medical and religious exemptions will be accommodated.)
Please note that if you live in a neighboring state but work or study at Barnard you may be eligible to receive your vaccine in New York City. Your eligibility and the availability of the vaccine in your home state may be different than it is in New York.
We also strongly urge all of our community members to register their vaccine and complete the College’s survey regarding vaccinations. Here Barnard faculty, staff, and students who have already been vaccinated can register their vaccine with the College. Additionally, through the survey, those who are interested in vaccination or future boosters can allow Barnard to share their information with our current and future vaccine distribution partners in order to facilitate our community’s access to the vaccine and boosters. We will continue to share more details with the community as they become available.
Columbia’s Vaccine Program
To request a dose 1 appointment at one of Columbia University’s vaccination sites, you may email email@example.com with the following details:
- UNI (if you have one)
- Date of Birth
- Phone number
- University email
You will then be contacted by a team member when there is an available dose. Please note that these appointments are available for a first-dose appointment only. The Columbia vaccine program can only administer dose 2 vaccines to those for whom they have administered dose 1. For more ways to find an appointment for a vaccine, please see below.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
- Read the 04/19/2021 message on student vaccination requirements.
- Read the 04/07/2021 message on Columbia's vaccine site.
- Read the 03/29/2021 message on vaccine eligibility in New York for adults.
- Read the 03/22/2021 message on eligibility for New Yorkers Age 50 and older.
- Read the 03/18/2021 message on Barnard access to vaccine appointments.
- Read the 03/10/2021 message on New York Covid-19 Vaccination Updates.
- Read the 02/11/2021 message on New York Covid-19 Vaccination Updates.
- Read the 01/12/2021 message on New York Covid-19 Vaccination Updates.
- Read the 01/11/2021 message on New York Covid-19 Vaccination.
How to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine
Vaccine appointments, previously elusive and hard to come by, have become increasingly more available!
All NYC-run vaccine sites are now accepting walk-ins of any eligible age. As of April 23, 2021, eligible New Yorkers can get vaccinated at any city-run vaccine site without having to make an appointment. A list of walk-up vaccination sites can be found here and here.
To make an appointment, eligible members of the community can fill out the New York state questionnaire to confirm eligibility here; once submitted, this form will lead to a list of vaccination locations. The New York City vaccine hub is located here.
The state and city websites also provide a list of locations for nearby pharmacies and providers that can administer the vaccine to certain New Yorkers. You can also be in touch with our healthcare provider, if you have one; many of them are part of a hospital or other vaccination network and may be able to find you an appointment.
Additionally, NYS and NYC have each launched hotlines which may be used by eligible members of the community to schedule a vaccination appointment:
NYC: (877) VAX-4NYC (1-877-829-4692)
NYS: (833) NYS-4VAX (1-833-697-4829)
Eligible New Yorkers can also make an appointment at the Armory in Washington Heights.
Eligible Bronx residents can make appointments for vaccination at Yankee Stadium online or by calling 1-833-SomosNY.
Please follow the instructions from your vaccination site about what to bring. At this time the city and state recommend bringing proof of eligibility. All Barnard community members are now eligible due to age (16 and over). For eligibility based on age, bring a government-issued ID with your birth date. For those qualifying in New York based on employment, proof may include your Barnard ID or pay stub. This document provides instructions to set up an account on our system if you haven’t yet. Page 5 includes details on how to locate and print your pay stub. If you need additional assistance locating your pay stub through our online system please contact Human Resources.
For students living on campus who need proof of New York residency, take the following steps to create a PDF of your housing assignment as an address.
1. Log into Barnard Housing Portal at https://barnard.starrezhousing.com/StarRezPortal
2. Click my.HOUSING on the navigation bar
3. Click Address Verification Letter
Again, you may also complete the College's survey for potential information on vaccine and booster availability.
Beginning on April 6, 2021, New Yorkers ages 16 or older are eligible to receive the vaccine. People who live outside of the state but work or study in New York are also eligible to get vaccinated.
Time Off for Vaccination
Under a new state law, employees can take paid time off from their regularly scheduled work hours to get vaccinated for COVID-19. Employees may take up to four hours of paid leave at their regular rate of pay for each dose. This time will not be charged against other sick leave entitlement for staff, including New York State Paid COVID-19 Leave.
To use this COVID-19 vaccine leave, staff in TWU Local 264, Local 2110 Access Attendants and 32BJ should let their manager know so that the time can be appropriately entered. For staff who use Timesaver, please enter this time using the new code "BC19 COVID-19 Vaccination."
Reminder to Those Who Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine
Members of the College community who are able to be or already have been vaccinated must continue to comply with all of Barnard’s COVID-19 policies—which include regular testing, social distancing, and the wearing of a face covering at all times—because vaccination does not exempt anyone from College coronavirus protocols implemented in 2020. As more becomes known about the availability and functioning of the vaccine, as well as the vaccination rate in our campus community, relevant College policies will be developed and shared with the community.
Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Resources: